Do I Qualify For A Mobility Scooter?
If you find that your ability to walk is deteriorating, you might be thinking about getting yourself a mobility scooter.
These are designed to help people remain mobile and maintain their independence, as well as their quality of life.
In this guide, we take a closer look at the provision of mobility scooters, some of the schemes that could be available to you, and how you can buy your own mobility scooter.
Provision of mobility scooters
Unfortunately, the NHS and social services don’t provide outdoor electric mobility scooters. But it’s possible to purchase scooters at affordable prices, or to rent them through a number of different schemes.
What’s the Motability scheme?
The Motability scheme helps disabled people to remain mobile by leasing a brand-new mobility scooter in exchange for their Government-funded mobility allowance. It can also be used to lease a car or powered wheelchair.
The least means you can use your Motability scooter for three years, and you’ll return it when your agreement comes to an end. If you wish, you can decide to lease another mobility scooter after the initial three-year period has expired.
Do I qualify for the Motability scheme?
In order to be eligible for the Motability scheme, you’ll receive one of these mobility allowances – and you’ll need to have a minimum of 12 months’ award length remaining:
- Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (HRMC DLA)
As of 11 April 2018, this allowance is £59.75 per week.
- Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (ERMC PIP)
As of 09 April 2018, this allowance is £59.75 per week.
- War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement (WPMS)
As of 11 April 2018, this allowance is £66.75 per week.
- Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)
As of 11 April 2018, the mobility element of the allowance is £59.75 per week.
It's incredibly easy to check your eligibility. Remember, if you’re a parent, you can also apply for the Motability scheme on behalf of your child if they receive one of the mobility allowances listed above. However, it’s important to keep in mind that some products aren’t suitable for all ages.
You’ll need a suitability assessment
Keep in mind that Motability (or your Motability dealer) will carry out an assessment of your needs before you can order your mobility scooter. They’ll also conduct a home assessment, in order to make sure you’ll be able to safely store the products you want.
Planning on using your mobility scooter around your home? Motability (or your Motability dealer) will also come and check that it’s possible to do so and that you have enough room to manoeuvre your scooter safely and easily.
With this in mind, it’s important to do your research beforehand, so you have an idea of what you want and how it will meet your requirements. That way, you can make a well-informed decision, and be confident that your mobility scooter will meet your needs.
Looking for discounted mobility scooters?
The alternative (if you have the finances available) is to buy a mobility scooter outright. Here at Fenetic Wellbeing, you’ll find an excellent selection of brand-new mobility scooters, available at affordable prices. We understand the importance of maintaining independence when you have mobility issues, and we’re dedicated to ensuring we offer a mobility scooter to meet every need.
- Just like buying a car, you need a mobility scooter that suits you and your needs – there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. You can take your pick from mini portable scooters, which can slot into the boot of your car, as well as mid-range mobility scooters and even fully road-legal scooters.
- You can talk to our team about your options – all you need to do is give us a call and we’ll be happy to chat through your needs and find a solution. Every mobility scooter we offer comes complete with a full 12-month warranty, and delivery is free of charge, too.
Explore our latest range of mobility scooters and find your perfect fit today.